We’ve been hanging out at the quiet, remote, lakeside Thousand Trails in Arley, Alabama. FYI – it’s inside the dry county of Winston. Dount Showdown was on Monday evening. We watched it in the campground clubhouse. Earlier in the day we went to a seafood/sushi restaurant attached to a gas station. We watched a couple movies.
It occurred to me that we don’t have to move up the coast when we leave Florida. We can use less expensive campgrounds inland, or use whatever Thousand Trails campgrounds are on the way. I’m not sure why that was any kind of revelation, but it was. Although there are places on the coast we want to visit – Savannah, Charleston, DC. OK, the campgrounds on the way don’t have to be on the beach. Maybe that’s what I realized.
I love getting new ideas. I love when unexpected thoughts are kind of whispered in my head. Most of the time they’re simple, straightforward solutions to the little worries I entertain. I’m a little concerned about money lasting through the summer months. I set a budget of $700 per week for expenses when I started using an app called Pennies. I set a weekly budget and then I enter every amount we spend. This morning the app says we have $11.40 to last the rest of this week. We’re kinda catching up after overspending in New Orleans.
And we’ve had chunks of money go toward items that we hadn’t planned on – the Square IPO and paying off one of my student loans. Both of those are good things, right? The bottom line is the only debt we have right now is the RV loan and our student loans. We’re in a pretty good position, I think. The mix of credit card and mortgage payments, plus maintenance of two vehicles and a boat, were much heavier than our current expenses.
I like that what we own and need to care for is within our reach in the RV or back in a small storage unit.
John is a positive person most of the time. I’m realizing that I am not. I am easily excited by small things, but can’t overlook the negative. I want to change that. I want to see only the best wherever I am. Right now I’m in a campground clubhouse overlooking a lake. Without green leaves to get in the way, I have a nice view. The sun in shining. The kids are playing nicely unsupervised.
But this campground could use some work. The bathrooms are clean and warm, but not that great with little flies buzzing around. The laundry room is dark and cold with only one working washer. I could continue.
So with money on my mind this week, two quiet suggestions popped up, and I heard them! The first was the idea to write an ebook. I’ve begun constructing a website. Well, I paid for webhosting and updated the nameservers on my domain provider. I’m kinda stuck now.
As I was reading someone’s blogging tips, I read her instructions for writing an ebook. At first I thought John should write an ebook, and still do. Then I realized, I could write one, too. I am going to write about starting the donut business and doing Donut Showdown. I’m thinking about including a spiritual aspect to it. I may discuss how faith and intuition assisted me. I put myself in the right position, I set my intentions to create a business, I paid attention to the voice inside, and I figured out how to make it happen.
Similar to the inspired idea that prompted the transition we’re in now. We left the typical family life in Moscow to explore the kind of home and business that’s right for us. Somewhere along the way, I hope I can hear that little voice speak up again when the time is right.